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Manchester – Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts 

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This is the Manchester branch of BARAC - to get involved and receive information about forthcoming meetings and campaign activities get in touch with the Manchester joint chair of BARAC Colette Williams.

Black Activist’s Rising Against Cuts. BARAC UK campaign statement.

About the campaign

We are a new coalition of black public and voluntary sector workers, trade
unionists, community organisations, service users and concerned individuals
whose aim is to create a critical mass of opposition to the Government plans
to cut vital services and sack thousands of public sector workers including
many black workers across the country.

This campaign is determined to defend both jobs and services. In the face of
the most draconian cuts to public sector spending since the 2nd World War,
it is important that Black communities including public sector workers,
trade unions, community third sector organisations and service users come
together to defend black communities from complete economic and social
devastation.

With African, Caribbean, Asian and ethnic minority communities constituting
some of the poorest sections of British society, any disproportionate cuts
to national, regional or local services will have devastating effects.

Our communities already suffer the highest rates of poverty and unemployment in the UK. Racism in the labour market has resulted in a large majority of those in employment, working in either the public or voluntary sectors. Both provide key services to vulnerable members of our communities.

The recent budget announcements will have a greatly magnified and
disproportionate impact on black workers, black service users and black
unemployed.

The cuts will lead to black workers being the target of redundancies and pay
freezes which in reality will be a pay cut, widening the existing
unacceptable pay gap between black and white workers.
Those who are left with jobs will face more pressure to deliver with reduced
facilities.

Service users will experience difficulties accessing reduced
facilities/services from overburdened staff. In some instances vital
services will be cut altogether further entrenching economic deprivation.

Black people experience racism in all aspects of life. Acute racism has led
to occupational segregation and unacceptable high unemployment rates in
black communities. The proposed public sector cuts will further entrench
poverty and act as a catalyst leading to further socio-economic deprivation,
social disorganisation and deeply alienated communities.

Who we are
This is a joint initiative organised by Zita Holbourne, a member of the
Public and Commercial Services Union National Executive Committee and TUC
Race Relations Committee and Lee Jasper, Political Advisor to the 1990
Trust.

The four main objectives of the campaign are:

• To campaign and defend jobs and services.
• To highlight the disproportionate and adverse impact of
the huge reduction of public spending on deprived communities in particular
black communities.
• To provide a campaigning platform to fight against cuts
in jobs and services including on any adverse, disproportionate impact on
black workers and communities.
• To work in partnership and build alliances with others
facing and fighting similar attacks.

For more information and to get involved contact:

Contact
Email
Tel Lee Jasper
lee-jasper@live.com
07984181797 Zita Holbourne
zita@pcs.org.uk
07711861660

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